Poker Face (2023): Charms With Murder-Solving Abilities

Poker Face is the latest whodunit mystery series from the creator of famous Knives Out movies – Rian Jhonson. The lead character of Charlie Cale in this series is played by the talented Natasha Lyonne.

Charlie has an uncanny ability to spot the bullshit lies spoken by the liars in this 2023 crime show. This amazing ability of hers in turn helps Charlie to get out of trouble as well as solve a new murder mystery in a charming manner in each episode of this drama series.

Poker Face (2023) Series:- synopsis

Poker Face show is a 10-episode ‘mystery-of-the-week’ series following Natasha Lyonne’s Charlie, who has an extraordinary ability to determine when someone is lying. She hits the road with her Plymouth Barracuda and with every stop encounters a new cast of characters and strange crimes she can’t help but solve.

Poker Face (2023) Series:- brief review

When director Rian Jhonson collaborated with actor Natasha Lyonne (who plays Charlie) for this murder mystery series, the results were impressive, indeed. Natasha has effortlessly slipped into the role of super-confident and super-smart Charlie. In this whodunit show, Charlie can detect lies easily and even figure out the murderers hiding in plain sight.

Honestly, I do not know whether Charlie’s gifts are blessings or a curse. More often than not, this rare lie-detecting ability of hers puts her in dangerous and life-threatening situations, many times in this show.

You binge-watch it and if you figure it out, okay.

Honestly, I enjoyed this whodunit show tremendously. And I loved some of its episodes much more than others. However, taking its entire season one into consideration, I liked it and look forward to season two.

Poker Face (2023) Series:- {Spoilers Alert} storytelling &

The unique storytelling style of this crime show

While running away from the casino, Charlie makes a pit stop at different places in the USA. During those times, Charlie usually meets the murder victim(s)/accused(s) prior to the incident.

When you are watching this mystery show, you will realize that most of its episodes begin with a murder, while Charlie – the lead character is not shown to us – the viewers.

After a murder has taken place, it usually goes back in time (flashback!!) to show how Charlie is part of the whodunit story.

Thereafter, we are shown that Charlie was literally part of the bigger picture when the murder took place in this series.

This adds depth and a much-needed background story to the basic storyline in each episode.

Peek into each of the ten episodes of this crime show

Read the synopsis of each episode here. To learn more about some of the selected episodes of this show, click on the YouTube links shared below and further peek into its mysterious scenes.

Episode 1 – Dead Man’s Hand | When a close friend of hers meets an untimely end, Charlie Cale, a casino cocktail waitress with an uncanny knack for identifying lies, is determined to unravel these mysterious events — even if it endangers her own life.

Episode 1 | Altercation scene between actors – Natasha Lyonne (Charlie) & Adrian Brody.

Episode 2 – The Night Shift | Wounded and on the run, Charlie is forced to make a pit stop in desolate New Mexico, where she tries to clear the name of a trucker framed for the murder of a local.

Episode 2 | Charlie Solving A Ruthless Lottery-Winner Murder Case

Episode 3 – The Stall | Charlie takes a job at a family-run Texas BBQ joint and must use her perception skills to sniff out the truth behind a shocking death.

Episode 3 | Does Charlie Suspect the Victim’s Brother?

Episode 4 – Rest In Metal | Charlie goes on tour with has-been metal band Doxxxology, a motley crew of dejected rockers who’ve spent decades trying to write a new hit; Charlie suspects foul play when one musician winds up dead.

Episode 4 | Charlie Looks Into A Dead Drummer, Death Metal, and Lethal Boots

Episode 5 – Time Of The Monkey | While working at a retirement home, Charlie makes friends with two rebellious old ladies who may have taken matters into their own hands.

Episode 5 | Charlie Confronts A Pair of Unlikely Suspects

Episode 6 – Exit Stage Death | Charlie’s waitress job at a dinner theatre is interrupted by a tragic death onstage during a performance by two washed-up television stars; when she starts to investigate, deadly motivations come to light.

Episode 7 – The Future Of The Sport | While working at a go-kart complex, Charlie becomes involved in a bitter feud between an ageing race car driver and a hotheaded young upstart, whose rivalry has explosive consequences.

Episode 8 – The Orpheus Syndrome | A special effects artist unearths a past project to find closure from the guilt of a fatal on-set accident, but when old demons resurface, Charlie is left to unravel a new deadly plot.

Episode 9 – Escape From The Shi… Mountain | Charlie finds herself stranded in a motel during a blizzard, where she must decipher the deadly tension between her questionable companions to survive the night.

Episode 9 | Charlie’s Stranded with Human Remains and a Potential Murderer

Episode 10 – The Hook | Charlie faces her greatest challenge yet when she is caught in the crossfire of a deadly power play that puts her in the sights of two ruthless crime syndicates and the FBI.

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Poker Face (2023) Series:- details

GenreCrime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Comedy
CreatorRian Johnson (This is the first TV series that Rian created)
Released2023 (January – March)
Season & Episodes Season One (1) and Ten (10) episodes
Note:- It is a 10-episode “mystery-of-the-week” series.
CastNatasha Lyonne, Benjamin Bratt, Simon Helberg, Adrien Brody, etc.
About – Poker Face show.

Poker Face (2023) Series:- poster

Poker Face show – poster

Poker Face (2023) Series:- ratings

FM’s rating4.05/5
IMDb rating as of the date7.90/10
Rotten Tomatoes ratings as of the date99% Tomatometer & 80% Audience Score
Critics Consensus / Rotten TomatoesWith the incomparable Natasha Lyonne as an ace up its sleeve, this show is a puzzle box of modest ambitions working with a full deck.
FM, IMDb & Rotten Tomatoes ratings – Poker Face show.

Poker Face (2023) Series:- trailer

Official trailer – Poker Face show | YouTube.

Rian Johnson created these whodunit movies too –

  • Knives Out ~ Detective Benoit Blanc investigates the murder of a renowned crime novelist.
  • Glass Onion ~ Detective Benoit Blanc investigates a tech billionaire and his friends for murder.

Featured & Other Images: Poker Face | Peacock.